3rd Circ. Upholds NJ Mayor's Corruption Conviction

Law360, New York (April 23, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT) -- A belief that an official can influence a government decision, regardless of the official's formal power to do so, can support a Hobbs Act conviction for extortion under color of official right, the Third Circuit ruled Wednesday, upholding a guilty verdict against Hamilton Township, N.J.'s former mayor.

John Bencivengo hoped to upend a 38-month prison sentence for taking bribes from friend and cooperating witness Marliese Ljuba, who was the Hamilton Township School District's health insurance broker. In return for the payments, Bencivengo agreed to speak to...
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